1/18/2021 Peter Durantine

Art for Reflecting and Healing

“Francie Lyshak: Mysterious Visions,” an exhibit displaying hopes for healing, appropriate in this era of anxiety, opens in the Dana Gallery at the Phillips Museum of Art in February. 

“The artist, Francie Lyshak, has a background in art therapy; she uses her art as ways for people to emotionally engage with it as a healing technique,” said Lindsay Marino, director of Franklin & Marshall College’s museum. 

The 25 paintings New York City-based Lyshak are exhibiting feature animals and scenes with water and other natural landscapes. 

“They’re very dreamlike in feeling,” Marino said. “We’ve never had an artist here that was specifically trained in, and had a career in, art therapy and healing through artwork.”

Lyshak, whose therapy centered on the psychiatric care for patients with trauma, states on her website that she “directs her focus inward to stare down and pick apart a lifetime of personal experience—some of it highly traumatic—offering viewers stories and spaces into which they can immerse themselves spiritually and emotionally as well as visually.”

The exhibit is curated by Janie Kreines, the museum's curator of academic affairs and community outreach, through the organization Katharine Carter and Associates. With it, the museum offers a meditative space for reflection.  

The show will run from Feb. 9 through April 30. Lyshak will appear virtually in an artist talk at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 9. Consult the Phillips Museum webpage for Zoom info.

A sample gallery of Lyshak’s oil paintings: 

  • Flying, 1996. Francie Lyshak (American, b. 1948). Flying, 1996. Francie Lyshak (American, b. 1948). Image Credit: Courtesy of the artist.
  • After the Wedding, 1995. Francie Lyshak (American, b. 1948). After the Wedding, 1995. Francie Lyshak (American, b. 1948). Image Credit: Courtesy of the artist.
  • Companions, 1991. Francie Lyshak (American, b. 1948). Companions, 1991. Francie Lyshak (American, b. 1948). Image Credit: Courtesy of the artist.
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